The Panel was announced on 3 April 2020, as part of the publication of Sir Ross Cranston’s recommendations for the Re-review Process.
The Panel will be chaired by retired High Court Judge, Sir David Foskett. Sir David is joined on the Panel by Philippa Hill, Partner at Grant Thornton and expert forensic accountant in her personal capacity, as well as Andrew Hildebrand, a leading commercial mediator.
Sir David Foskett is a former judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, a position he held from 2007 until his retirement in 2019. Following his retirement, he has since returned to private practice as an arbitrator and mediator. He is the principal author of ‘Foskett on Compromise’, the leading practitioner’s text on the settlement of litigation, the 9th edition of which was published this year.
Sir David became a QC in 1991 and throughout his career as a barrister was involved as an advocate in a large number of high value damages claims and dealt with many during his time as a judge. During the latter period in practice as a barrister he also became qualified as a mediator, acting in a wide variety of cases ranging from commercial disputes to lawyer negligence to aviation accidents. He also became the Treasurer of Gray’s Inn in 2018. A fuller CV can be found here.
Philippa Hill is a Partner in the Forensic & Investigation Services division of Grant Thornton. She has been a qualified accountant for nearly 20 years and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Since specialising in forensic accountancy she has acted in several complex criminal and regulatory enquiries, including fraud, money-laundering and false accounting.
She acts as expert witness or adviser, investigating and assessing the impact of contractual and regulatory breaches and negligence. Additionally, Philippa has experience as an expert determiner, being jointly engaged by both parties to resolve contractual disputes. She joins the panel in her personal capacity. A fuller CV can be found here.
Andrew Hildebrand is one of the UK’s leading commercial mediators and is ranked as such by both Legal 500 and Chambers. He has acted as an independent mediator, arbitrator and adjudicator for 10 years and has mediated large scale collective bargaining agreements, television rights disputes, as well as running dispute resolution seminars for major organisations, such as The Law Society. He has previously been a Partner at law firm Mischon de Reya and Director of Business Affairs at Filmfour. A fuller CV can be found here.
The Panel will instruct financial, legal, and communications teams to provide support and advice to the Panel only.
FTI Consulting LLP, who advised Sir Ross during the Cranston Review, will assist with the financial assessment of individual cases. Project Associates, a strategic communications consultancy who also worked on the Cranston Review, will support the Panel’s engagement with stakeholders.
Additionally, barristers from 39 Essex Chambers will support the legal aspect of the Panel’s work.